Workers' Liberty Australia

A page for and about Workers' Liberty supporters in Australia.

WL Australia news

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 70 (Spring 2018) includes:

•     The right to strike and Changing the Rules
•     Morrison and Dutton: jackals of the ruling class
•    What will it take to "Change the Rules”?
•    Living Wage for working women 
•    RAFFWU Woolworths activist interview 
•    Student workers getting organised
•    Bank exposure opportunity for a bolder labour movement: Financial services Royal Commission and FSU 
•    Why Study Das Kapital
•    Book Reviews: The Internationalists; Rosa Luxemburg works
•    Victorian Socialists – launch and candidate interviews


Vote Victorian Socialists!

A campaign to get a socialist in parliament for North-West Melbourne in November 2018.

Bank exposure an opportunity for a bolder labour movement

Democratic control by workers and consumers of financial services could put an end to the various exploitative practices, legal or not, of the banks.

Queensland MUA conference: injecting class politics

Report of the ‘Get Wise, Organise!’ Queensland MUA branch biennial conference

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 69 (Summer 2017/2018)

Workers Liberty newsletter No. 68 August/September 2017

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What we stand for

• Independent working-class representation in politics.

• A workers’ government, based on and accountable to the labour movement.

• A workers’ charter of trade union rights — to organise, to strike, to picket effectively, and to take solidarity action.

• Public ownership of essential industries, and taxation of the rich to fund renewable energy and environmental protection, decent public services, homes, education and jobs for all.

• A workers’ movement that fights all forms of oppression. Full equality for women, and social provision to free women from domestic labour. For reproductive justice: free abortion on demand; the right to choose when and whether to have children. Full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Indigenous control of indigenous affairs. Working class unity against racism.

• Free refugees, let them stay, right for workers to remain in Australia without insecurity of short term visas.

• Global solidarity against global capital — workers everywhere have more in common with each other than with their capitalist or Stalinist rulers.

• Democracy at every level of society, in trade unions, and from the smallest workplace or community to global social organisation.

• Equal rights for all nations, against imperialists and predators big and small.

• Maximum left unity in action, and openness in debate.


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Climate change activist: "This pamphlet helped me understand how socialism can drive change"


Janet Burstall

Daisy Thomas, who recently became a climate change activist in Brisbane, discussed the Workers’ Liberty pamphlet For workers’ climate action with Janet Burstall.

I was aware of socialism as an idea. This pamphlet gave me more understanding of how socialism can be used as a driver for change. It made me realise the importance of tapping into workers as a social mobilisation force that can be part of their own solution, including in fossil fuel industries that are going to be phased out. I’ve also started reading a book on the Green Bans.

Losing the “climate election”


Janet Burstall

The Australian Labor Party’s climate action platform for the May 2019 Federal Election was the most ambitious yet. Pre-election polls showed climate change was a high priority for voters.

The Liberal-National coalition was divided on climate action. Climate-change deniers controlled the party room, and had elected Scott Morrison as leader, an MP who had famously cradled a lump of coal in parliament to show his support for coal-fired power. Yet Labor lost the election.

Losing the thread: ISO’s collapse


Martin Thomas

The veteran Marxist writer Paul Le Blanc has written the most substantial and critical account yet of the collapse of the USA’s International Socialist Organization, of which Le Blanc was himself a member, though not a central one.

Tax and wealth after the election



Dick Bryan spoke to Janet Burstall for Workers'Liberty about Labor's tax policies and the federal election results. Dick researches the significance of financialisation, for capital, labour and households. He is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Sydney University and co-author of the book Risking together.

Surprise victory for the right in Australia


Gerry Bates

The ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in Australia's federal election on 18 May.

People are asking: how could Labor lose on a platform with a bigger offer of reforms than any other in recent times?

Labor promised to turn government policy towards meeting some of the concerns of trade unions on workers rights, of climate activists on the need to reduce carbon emissions, and of the left more broadly on inequality.

But the underlying theme of class was not addressed by anyone other than the three Victorian Socialists candidates.

Making campaign wider?


Mike Zubrowski

Extinction Rebellion, after eleven days of ambitious, disruptive, relatively widespread, and extensively covered actions in their “International Rebellion”, (15-25 April), have moved into a “regenerative, resting phase". They have been celebrating wins so far: media coverage, politicians seeming receptive, changes in public narratives towards recognising the gravity of the situation; reportedly huge expansions of local XR branches.

Victorian Socialists election campaign May 2019


Riki Lane

After an impressive campaign in the 2018 Victorian State Election, the Victorian Socialists are running in the same region of Melbourne in the Australian federal election of 18 May 2019.

The election platform ( has a generally OK grab bag of demands, essentially left reformist, but including traditional socialist demands for nationalisation, with variations of calls for community, workers' or democratic control.

A turn to class by Australian Labor?


Riki Lane

Between the two major contenders – the Australian Labor Party (ALP) versus the conservative Liberal Party-National party coalition (LNP) - the coming federal election in Australia (18 May 2019) brings much more differentiation on class grounds than recently seen; and also a significant difference on climate change.

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